Art projects that we can collaborate on as a family are a lot of fun like our collaborative ocean canvas. At this time of the year through instead of looking out to the natural world, we spend time thinking about our loved ones and our feelings in the lead up to Valentines Day. This simple take on a string artwork can be made as a family and used to decorate the home.
Please take care when doing this project with young children – securing the pins in place on the reverse of the canvas is essential so that they don’t fall out or your child get’s pricked whilst working with the string.
Materials needed for the string art canvas
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Paper – any scrap paper to cut a template out is good
Pliers ones in a jewelry making set are good
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Some fun Valentine’s Cards for Toddlers and Preschoolers to make too!
How to Make your String Heart Canvas
We have experimented with our first version of this and have discovered that a silver or white string heart looks great on a painted background. We have used watercolors, brusho and acrylics as backgrounds and all work really well with colors of your choice although we do prefer a pink or red background for the String Heart Canvas.
To make your template for the heart fold a piece of paper in half in portrait and cut out half a heart shape – unfold and you will have a heart template to use on the canvas.
Place the heart template on the canvas. You could secure it with some low tack double sided sticky tape that you can remove
Using the pliers bend the dressmaker pin at right angles half way down the stem
At the point of the heart insert the pin on the outside repeat the bending of another pin and place this pin at the dip in the top of the heart. This will help to position the heart in place. Now around the outside of the template repeat the bending of the pin and place at 10mm apart.
As you go around every 2 to 3 pins turn the canvas over and using some masking tape secure the pins in place on the back of the canvas.
Once the heart is pinned out remove the template and start to create the cotton art.
Tie the end of the cotton reel around one pin.
Now take the cotton from one side of the heart to the opposite of the heart crisscrossing and making sure that every pin is attached to another pin.
Once all of the pins have been attached continue to you have a pattern that you are happy with. I like to have an organized pattern with my hearts however when the kids get involved you can guarantee that we have a disorganized crisscrossing of hearts everywhere.
Follow the instructions on the canvas to stretch and hang or place where you want the heart canvas you’ve created together as a family with love.
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.